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‘Stabby Stabby Stab Stab’ takes top prize

Director Daryl Sullivan wins 39-inch high-definition TV


April 22, 2014

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    A film that captures the funny side of fear won Best Film as well as Viewers’ Choice during the Sixth Annual Statesboro Film Festival, held Thursday night at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
    Directed by Daryl Sullivan, “Stabby Stabby Stab Stab” is a humorous take on the classic chase by a masked killer with a knife. Viewers giggled throughout the short film as a pretty young girl ran from a tall masked murderer, darting through alleys and streets easily recognized as downtown Statesboro.
    A twist had the chase interrupted by a couple leaving a restaurant, and the victim joined her would-be killer for drinks before leaving, when he resumed the pursuit.
    “Stabby Stabby Stab Stab” also was nominated for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Director.
    “The Packinghouse,” directed by Brian Graves, documented the murky history of a “haunted” local property.  The abandoned meatpacking plant on Packinghouse Road is rumored to have been the site of numerous deaths when its owner set fire to it with the workers trapped inside. The film takes a look at the myths and lack of documentation supporting the ghost tales.
    “The Packinghouse” was chosen for the Best Editing and Best Director awards. It also was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Film.
    The Best Cinematography award was given to a film directed by Kenneth Gamblin. “A Letter” told the tale of two star-crossed lovers through a heartfelt letter. The film also was nominated for Best Editing, Best Film and Best Director.
    Also nominated for Best Editing and Best Film was “Einstein’s Dream,” another film directed by Sullivan. The film is an adaptation of the short story by the same name, written by Alan Lightman, and outlines three possible outcomes after a relationship ends, all which are affected by time, fate and the freedom to choose.
    Alison Maloof and Cesar Vargas directed “Writer’s Block,” a film about a woman’s struggle to write a story. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography.
    Other films screened included “Mail Call,” directed by Rebecca Lynch, about a man impatiently waiting for a package to arrive.
    “Trivergence,” another adaptation of Lightman’s “Einstein’s Dream,” was directed by Keenan Star. In it, a man who is overtaken by love attempts to decide which path to take to his future.
    “Paranormanimal Activity,” directed by Andrew Akins, takes viewers on a “Blair Witch Project”-style trip down a dirt road, with the main character of the film being “stalked” by a stuffed lion that keeps appearing in his path.
    Those with a fear of clowns shivered a bit when “Coulrophobia: The Fear of Clowns” was shown. The documentary, directed by Lynch, shines light on why so many people are afraid of clowns.
    Shane Nelson directed another film that featured the old Statesboro packinghouse. “Condemned” involves the classic story of friends exploring an abandoned building and becoming victims of a dark, spooky killer with a knife.
    “Poetic Essence,” directed by Dominique Charles, is a film about death, loss, the importance of friendship and love. It conveys the message that you don’t often miss things until they are gone.
    Winning filmmakers were presented trophies, and Sullivan received a 39-inch high-definition TV as prize for the Best Film award.
    The event was hosted by the Statesboro Herald and sponsored by the Averitt Center for the Arts, Millhouse Steakhouse (which provided refreshments during the intermission), Gailey Trophy and Connect Statesboro.
    Statesboro Herald operations manager Jim Healy welcomed guests, and DeWayne Grice introduced each film. Both presented the awards to winners.
    “There were some tough choices,” Healy said about the judges’ consideration of the 11 films. “There always are, every year.”

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